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Man arrested for making bomb threats

Posted: May 24, 2012 2:35 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Tyrese Robert Chisolm, 38, of Camden, made five bomb threats to KershawHealth Urgent Care at Elgin during the past year. The fifth threat got him arrested.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews announced Tuesday that Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Chisolm that afternoon after determining he was the person who called in a bomb threat to the urgent care center earlier in the day. Matthews said Chisolm admitted to making the calls.

According to Matthews, Chisolm called 911 dispatchers claiming a bomb had been placed at the Elgin urgent care facility. Deputies and a bomb squad from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) responded to the scene. Matthews said the KCSO and SLED had responded to KershawHealth Urgent Care on four previous occasions: August 8 and 13, 2011, and a week ago on May 18 and 19.

The sheriff said investigating deputies believed the same man had made all of the bomb threats and began efforts to identify and locate him. Even prior to Tuesday’s bomb threat, investigators had tentatively identified Chisolm as the suspect, Matthews said. Following Tuesday’s threat, investigators located Chisolm and arrested him during a traffic stop. They initially charged him with a second offense of driving under suspension and held him pending warrants for the five bomb threats.

Chisolm said he made the calls because of a domestic situation regarding his girlfriend who works at the Elgin urgent care center, Matthews said.

“Each of these five bomb threats resulted in the shutdown of this badly needed medical facility for several hours, which mandated an evacuation of physicians, nurses, staff and patients,” Matthews said. “In addition, numerous man-hours were expended, not only by the KCSO, but SLED. Hopefully, these new charges will get Chisolm off the street for a significant amount of time.”

The sheriff said the seriousness of the charges is reflected in the possible penalties Chisolm could face. Bomb threats are listed as a felony, with second and subsequent offenses requiring jail terms of between five and 15 years in prison. No part of the jail time can be suspended and there is no possibility of probation.

Matthews said Chisolm has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1993 with arrests for criminal domestic violence, shoplifting, public disorderly conduct, trespassing, narcotics conspiracy, breaking into a motor vehicle, petty larceny, possession of marijuana and crack cocaine, driving under suspension, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, robbery, malicious injury to personal property, burglary, breaking into fuel tanks and unlawful use of a telephone, as well as other charges from when he resided in the state of New York.

Chisolm is being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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